At the Colorado PTA Convention, delegates were asked to share membership ideas.  Each table chose the best one, represented below:

Meridian Ranch Elementary PTA
:  If they make eye contact…just ask!

Colorado STEM Academy PTA:  Members who pay dues at back to school night gets one entry into a drawing for a Chromebook.  Winner is selected at the first meeting and they must be present to win.

Thomson Elementary PTA:  PTA Picnic at the beginning of the year.  Held the third week after school starts, on the front lawn with music.  Parents and families bring a picnic and blankets.

Bayfield Community PTSA:  Back to School Bingo Sheet activities: Introduce yourself and family to  principal.  Stop in at Action for Healthy Kids table and complete the Pack a Healthy Lunch challenge.  Stop in at the Reflections table.  Introduce yourself and family to the school counselor.  Stop at the bus barn table.  Meet a PTSA member and pledge to join!  Once bingo sheet is completed, turn it in for a prize.

No PTA listed:  Kindergarten Round-Up Playground Get Together!  Email all incoming kindergarten families prior to the new school year and invite them to the school to let the children play and get to know each other.  PTA provides fun activities for the kids to engage in.  PTA will then be familiar to the families at back to school night where they have a PTA table set up!

Membership Campaign Tip!

Thanks to Colorow Elementary PTA!  We share the “Epic Ice Cream Challenge!”

Make the focus on male caregivers/dads enjoying time with their kids and focusing on a goal.  After completing each activity station, the team would earn points that would get written on a point card.

– Organize 8 activity stations in the gymnasium – many sports or activity related like basketball take-a-shot, Football pass, Jump rope relay, etc.  Add some other activities like “make a balloon animal” and a Laser Challenge game.

– Organize an awesome Banana Split bar in the cafeteria.  Have tons of topping choices like candies, syrups, cereals, etc.  Each topping cost points.  After the team is finished in the gym, take the point cards in and “buy” toppings to make awesome banana split creations, and then eat them there together.

– Tell each male when he checks in to the event that he will earn 10 extra bonus points to buy more toppings for himself and the students with him for joining the PTA.

– If you are good at getting donations, you can do an event like this for free.  If donations are not possible, budget approx. $1 per serving.  Work with your PE teacher to get some ideas and borrow some equipment.

Membership Strategies

Parent Engagement is what PTA does. Share with teachers and staff that PTA helps to fulfill the Family Engagement mandated by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Talk about how PTA’s work benefits not only the children but the teachers as well. Remember to ask your teachers and staff to join; let them know that PTA is more than a local fundraising group for their school. It is an association focused on the education, safety, and well-being of children.
Getting Teachers Involved!
  • Arrange to provide a breakfast for teachers prior to the start of the school year. Use this breakfast as an opportunity to talk to the teachers about the value and importance of joining your PTA.
  • Award teachers and staff with a party or lunch when 100% teacher and staff membership is reached.
  • Request a bulletin board or showcase at your school to display current information about PTA activities.
  • Use back to school nights as an opportunity to speak with both teachers and parents about the importance of joining PTA. Prepare a short presentation. Be sure to have the permission of your principal.
  • Include PTA materials in information packets given to teachers and staff at the start of each school year.
  • Enlist the support of your principal. A principal’s encouragement to join can go a long way.
  • Print out personal invitations asking teachers and staff to join and include a membership envelope. Remind them that for the cost of a few coffees at Starbucks they can support our national organization of more than four million members!
Member BenefitsAs members join, make sure they know about their member benefits. You can create your own benefits at your local unit too!
PTA Booth/TableSet up a PTA table at all your school events, especially open houses and back to school nights!
Market Your PTAPosters/flyers/brochures showing past accomplishments show the community the value PTA provides. Visibility is a key to success.
Membership ProfileEncourage your members to "create a profile."
Set Goals!Set a goal for your membership. Why not try to recruit 10% more members than last year? The Colorado PTA also has a Membership Challenge & Award Program that you could qualify for by increasing your membership
ThemesGenerate excitement by developing a theme for the year: Some examples:
  • Up, up, and away – member names can be placed on balloon shapes – celebrate success with a balloon release at the end of the year.
  • Batter Up – member names can go on bat and ball shapes – celebrate with an assembly with a professional baseball player (or a high school baseball hero).
  • Shoot for the Stars – celebrate success with space related assembly.
  • A Membership Tree
Every Child In Focus!The National PTA has developed an Every Child in Focus. Each month spotlights the educational challenges
surrounding a particular group
and helps to foster family-school partnerships.
Membership Mondays
  • Membership Monday (Field Edition) – Sharing PTA membership success stories and keeping you informed of new National PTA membership initiatives.
  • Membership Monday (Diversity Edition) – Highlighting ways to engage, recruit, and champion diversity in PTA.
  • Members Monday (Technical Edition) – Introducing ways to navigate the technical aspects of membership (data, how-to, standard procedures, etc.).
  • Ask Membership! Monday – Answering your most popular questions from the field.
Focus on Inclusivity!
  • Provide translation at PTA sponsored events. Title I funds are available for parent engagement (Ask your district for more information.
  • Provide dinner or snacks. Perhaps host a potluck and encourage families to bring a traditional family dish.
  • Provide child care. Invite high school Student Council or National Honor Society students to provide activities for the children, making sure to have adult supervision. Your PTA could make a donation to the Student Council or NHS at the end of the year.
  • Provide a program on a relevant issue to your school or community, not connected with a PTA business meeting.
Preparing Your Membership Year

It is important to start your membership year prepared to recruit, engage and renew membership. National PTA Provides Membership Recruitment Plans in their Back-to-School Kit.

If yours is a school-based unit, send membership forms and Backpack Bundle fliers home with first-day packets and have a membership table at all orientation and back-to-school events.

Download this helpful Membership Application!

Membership Quick Reference Guide

Today’s PTA is dedicated to empowering parents to make a difference in the education, health, and safety of America’s children. This Membership Reference Guide shares tips to increase membership, including tracking and retaining members, bolstering diversity and inclusiveness, and marketing PTA membership.

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The primary reason for developing membership in the PTA is to build an informed team of individuals to work on behalf of all children and youth. A PTA membership that is willing to get involved is a valuable resource for starting and maintaining programs and projects to benefit children and the community.

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